African American Child and Family Research Center

Cooperative agreement to a USA or territories nonprofit or for-profit organization, agency, IHE, business, community or faith-based organization, or Tribal entity for research on the needs of African American populations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete.
The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is soliciting applications for an African American Child and Family Research Center (hereafter referred to as “Center”), to lead and support research on the needs of African American populations served by ACF and promising approaches to promote social and economic well-being among low-income African American populations. This research Center would ideally bring together a diverse, inclusive, culturally sensitive, and interdisciplinary team of academic and organizational partners to provide leadership on culturally competent research that can inform policies concerning low-income African American populations and to foster significant scholarship regarding the needs and experiences of the diverse African American population throughout the nation.

Through a combination of research, capacity building, and communication activities, this Center will ideally address a range of relevant issues including, but not limited to: a) definition and measurement of the experiences of African American individuals, families, and communities; b) identification of barriers and facilitators of service utilization by African American populations; c) examination of strategies to promote the social and economic well-being of African American children and families; and d) evaluation of promising approaches for serving African American populations. The Center will be expected to develop research products, resources, and a comprehensive communication plan that aims to build research capacity in the field and improve understanding of African American populations in order to inform policy development and programmatic responses.

The Center will focus broadly on child care and early education, employment, economic mobility, wealth, and children’s healthy development and learning. Key topics of interest are identified below in the Funding Opportunity Announcement and include, but are not limited to, research regarding: educational and employment experiences and outcomes; experiences with human services; discrimination; effects of criminal justice system involvement; program evaluation; and distinctive experiences in rural, suburban and urban areas.ACF is providing the support for the Center to highlight and advance research on African American populations. By focusing on research that is culturally rigorous and informed by current and historical circumstances, the Center provides an opportunity to broaden current conceptualizations about appropriate research methods for studying African American families; ground research in contextual factors that shape their assets, needs, and experiences; and, ultimately, enhance understanding of ACF programs and service delivery.

Sub Title
Cooperative Agreement to a Nonprofit, For-Profit, Agency, IHE, or Tribal Entity for Research on the Needs of African American Populations
Funding Source

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Administration for Children and Families (ACF) – Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE)

07/12/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt (Electronic applications) or 4:30 PM ET Receipt (Paper applications)
Agency Type
Eligibility Criteria

City or township governments
County governments
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Independent school districts
Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities
See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
Small businesses
Special district governments
State governments

Term of Contract

– Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021
– Length of Project Period: 60-month project period with five 12- month budget periods

Estimated Total Program Funding
Number of Grants
Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $1,800,000 Per Budget Period- Award Floor: $1,800,000 Per Budget Period
Contact Information

“Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source’s website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Applicants are encouraged to submit the letter of intent via email to [email protected].

Application submission by mail or hand delivery:
African American Child and Family Research Center
c/o ICF
9300 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA 22031

Program Office Contact
Megan Reid
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
Phone: (202) 401-4619
Email: [email protected]

Office of Grants Management Contact
Bridget Shea Westfall
Phone: (202) 401-5542
Email: [email protected]

Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street SW.
Washington, DC 20201″